October 22, 2018

Stop signs to be placed on W. Cedar Street in Standish



STANDISH — The Standish City Council voted unanimously to place stop signs on West Cedar Street and South Cass Street in Standish.

The decision was made at the council’s regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18. The signs will be added to the eastbound and westbound lanes of West Cedar Street, making the intersection a four-way stop. The signs are expected to be posted sometime in the next week.

Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Nelson said he is pleased with the council’s decision.

“I feel relieved,” he said. “This is being done to protect our kids and make everyone safer.”

The council’s main concern was the safety of children crossing West Cedar Street and South Cass Street before and after school hours. Council member Doug Ireland said he believes drivers will run the stop signs without proper notification.

“Stop signs alone will not help the situation right away,” he warned the council during the meeting. “We need something to let people know the signs are there.”

Nelson said the city will place a temporary sign in the middle of the intersection to warn people about the new signage.

“If it is in the middle of the street, people will be more apt to see it,” he said. “We will leave the sign there for a while until people get use to having the signs there.”

According to Standish Clerk-Treasurer the signs were already in the city’s possession and will be placed by the Department of Public Works.

Nelson, who bought the issue before the council in July, said he has seen approximately 20 incidents at the intersection since he has lived there.

“I am in the same mindset I have always been in with this issue,” he told the council. “We need something in this area. It’s not ‘if’ something happens, it’s ‘when.’”

Nelson said the city chose the quick and efficient option.

“This is something that we got done right now,” he said. “This was our most economical choice.”

Nelson said adding a stoplight to the intersection was too costly for the city at this time.

“To add a stoplight, it would cost us between $6,000 and $10,000,” he said. “That is something we do not have in our budget right now.”

Although the city does not currently have the funds for a stoplight at the intersection, Nelson said the council has not discarded the idea, and will look at grant opportunities.

“We need to continue to look for grant money,” he said. “Maybe we could have the light flash from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. on school days to help kids cross the street.”

Nelson said he is just happy something is being done.

“I did not want us to sit on our hands for a year and have something happen,” he said.


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Here is an additional idea, how about implementing an utilizing the safety patrol option again for the street corners in Standish? When I was a kid attending the elementary school many years ago, once you got into the 5th grade you could become a safety patrol officer. It was very cool! Now that the 5th graders are back at the elementary school, how about trying that again?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | Report this

Just send one of the part-time non-union employees out to act as a crossing guard at the corner for an hour or so before and after school. Rotate the duty among all of them so nobody feels like they got the short end of the stick.

Stop signs aren't going to stop the kids from running willy-nilly into the street. It might even encourage them to do so, since they'll be thinking that the traffic is going to stop for them.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | Report this

Or better yet, send out a call for parents to volunteer for the job.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 | Report this

Maybe the fourway stop signs need to come with instructions. No one knows who is suppose to go next and that creates backup problems. I was behind one car and it let all three vehicles/at the stop signs go before he did when in fact he was next.

Monday, August 29, 2011 | Report this

If applied for, I am sure the Tribe would approve for a 2% grant, especially since it involves safety.

Saturday, September 3, 2011 | Report this

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